Toppenish schoolbus struck in sudden collision; senior and juvenile sent to hospital

Toppenish schoolbus struck in sudden collision; senior and juvenile sent to hospital
Image courtesy of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Two people were hurt when a car collided with a Toppenish School District school bus just south of the city limits shortly before Noon on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, the bus was being driven by a 56-year-old driver with only two passengers on the vehicle at that point — One young student and an assistant. The passenger car was being driven by a 69-year-old woman with a juvenile passenger; each of whom was transported to a Toppenish hospital for evaluation.

Authorities say that the bus was headed south on Robbins Rd while the car drove eastbound on Larue Rd. While pulling away from a stop sign, the bus driver failed to see the passenger car approaching from the west. The front of the car crashed into the middle of the bus as each vehicle came to a standstill.

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No one on the bus was injured in this incident. Yakima County Sheriff’s Deputies, Yakama Nation Police and District 5 fire crews were dispatched to the intersection of Larue and Robbins shortly after the accident.

Local authorities say there was extensive damage to the front of the passenger car. They deemed it a total loss at the scene of the crash.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is investigating the incident for further context. Despite the damage to the car and a trip to the hospital, local authorities confirm that none of the injuries sustained in this incident are considered severe.

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